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Dover Athletic 2-0 Wrexham

Tom Murphy
Tom Murphy has scored 10 goals in 20 League games for Dover.

Dover stretched their unbeaten league run to 13 matches with a comfortable home win over out-of-sorts Wrexham which lifted them to eighth place.

Tom Murphy pounced to give the hosts a 12th-minute lead after Wrexham's Wes York had spurned two early chances.

Defender Sean Raggett doubled the advantage with a volley after a poor punch by keeper Andy Coughlin.

The Dragons pressed forward after the break, but striker Mark Carrington missed an open goal.

Consecutive defeats leave Kevin Wilkin's team closer to the relegation battle than the promotion places.

In stark contrast with Dover, Wrexham have now won only two of their last 15 games.

But life is sweet for Dover boss Chris Kinnear after his side secured their third consecutive win to move within two points of the play-offs.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin: "Both teams have tried hard in difficult conditions.

"We had a chance in the first minute which we missed and I suppose I'll lament that fact - you know if that goes in the back of the net all of sudden you put Dover on the back foot.

"We've made a couple of mistakes - Mark [Carrington] should have scored a chance that he's put round the post there.

"Overall the lads have worked hard and shown me a reaction and I don't sense that that's a side not giving its all."

Line-ups

Dover

  • 30Rafferty
  • 29EssamBooked at 90mins
  • 15Francis
  • 6Orlu
  • 5Raggett
  • 16Sterling
  • 8Bellamy
  • 11CoganSubstituted forModesteat 82'minutes
  • 10Murphy
  • 17DeverdicsSubstituted forWynterat 58'minutes
  • 14PayneSubstituted forReidat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wynter
  • 7Modeste
  • 19Reid
  • 21Mekki
  • 28Taiwo

Wrexham

  • 1Coughlin
  • 14Tomassen
  • 3AshtonBooked at 84mins
  • 4Smith
  • 6Clarke
  • 26Waterfall
  • 12KeatesSubstituted forBailey-Jonesat 77'minutes
  • 2Carrington
  • 16York
  • 9Moult
  • 10Bishop

Substitutes

  • 8Harris
  • 11Bailey-Jones
  • 18White
  • 22Whittington
  • 25Stephens
Referee:
Daniel Cook
Attendance:
793

Match Stats

Home TeamDoverAway TeamWrexham
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home11
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Dover Athletic 2, Wrexham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 2, Wrexham 0.

Foul by Wes York (Wrexham).

Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Booking

Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Essam (Dover Athletic).

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Manny Smith (Wrexham).

Jake Reid (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Jake Reid replaces Stefan Payne.

Offside, Dover Athletic. Stefan Payne tries a through ball, but Stefan Payne is caught offside.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic).

Steve Tomassen (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Theo Bailey-Jones (Wrexham).

Tyrone Sterling (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Booking

Neil Ashton (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Ricky Modeste replaces Barry Cogan.

Foul by Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic).

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Theo Bailey-Jones replaces Dean Keates.

Foul by Tyrone Sterling (Dover Athletic).

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Louis Moult (Wrexham).

Liam Bellamy (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Louis Moult (Wrexham).

Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Louis Moult (Wrexham).

Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Corner, Wrexham.

Corner, Wrexham.

Foul by Barry Cogan (Dover Athletic).

Dean Keates (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Wes York (Wrexham).

Tom Wynter (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Steve Tomassen (Wrexham).

Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) hits the woodwork with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

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